Obituaries 07-24-2013

July 24, 2013
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Sylvester ‘Jake’ Cheffro Building Contractor Sylvester “Jake” Cheffro, a lifelong East Boston resident, passed away at the Chelsea Skilled Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his family on July 17. He was 70 years old. Jake worked for many years for the Rapino Memorial Home in the 1970’s, for Picariello and Singer and as a building...

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Checking the Facts: LaMattina, Police on Jeffries Pt. Streets After Residents Talk About Crime Increase

July 18, 2013
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Checking the Facts: LaMattina, Police on Jeffries Pt. Streets After Residents Talk About Crime Increase

City Councilor Sal and Interim District 7 Captain Tim Connolly were out walking the Jeffries Point neighborhood Monday night following an increase of social media chatter regarding an up tick in crime in the area. The social media threads on Facebook started some hysteria and caused panic among residents that were unaware of all...

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Jenkins Warns About Rising Sea Levels for New Waterfront Projects

July 18, 2013
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Jenkins Warns About Rising Sea Levels for New Waterfront Projects

With a push to get East Boston’s long neglected waterfront finally developed there is one person warning that sea level mitigation should be part of any commercial or residential development along Eastie’s shoreline. Carolyn Jenkins, an MIT student who recently completed an architecture masters thesis entitled “East Boston buffer: a transferable urban framework for...

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Major Renovation at Liberty Plaza is Now Underway

July 18, 2013
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Hoping to capitalize on the major renovations to Central Square that the city will begin in the fall, the Lombardo’s Company is in the process of completing a major renovation to Liberty Plaza in the square and is moving forward with its Seville Theater project on Border Street. The $1 million Liberty Plaza project...

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Mayor Menino’s Final Backyard BBQ A Testament to His True Legacy

July 18, 2013
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Way down at the furthest tip of Boston on Hyde Park’s Chesterfield Street last Friday, Mayor Tom Menino and 2,000 of his closest friends gathered for the 21st and final backyard BBQ at his home – a backyard BBQ that over the years has become a block party featuring a unique cross between family-friendly...

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East Boston Little League Wins District 9 Championship

July 18, 2013
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It’s been a longtime since East Boston Little League (EBBL) won a District 9 Championship but the drought came to end Monday night at Festa Field in East Boston. Led by coaches Joe Serpa and Frank DiNublia and playing behind shutout pitching by Frank Serpa EBLL eliminated Hill House 2-0 Monday night. Serpa struck...

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Obituaries 07-17-2013

July 18, 2013
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Robert Yantosca Decorated Veteran, volunteer at Don Orione Nursing Home and St. Lazarus Parish in East Boston Robert V. “Bob” Yantosca of Newtonville, formerly of Revere and East Boston, passed away on July 13. He was 92 years old. Robert was a past usher at St.Lazarus Parish, a member of the Holy Name Society,...

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Deveau Teaming Up with Consalvo

July 10, 2013
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Deveau Teaming Up with Consalvo

After 13 years in Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s office, Chief of Staff Ed Deveau will leave his post to become mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo’s Deputy Campaign Manager. Deveau, who started out as a summer intern when Petruccelli was a State Representative, followed Petruccelli to the Senate where he has served as chief of staff since...

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JPNA Says Yes to KO Pies New Hours

July 10, 2013
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JPNA Says Yes to KO Pies New Hours

The Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association voted in favor of KO Pies’ request to expand its hours from 10 p.m. to midnight. KO Pies, the popular Australian restaurant down at the Boston Shipyard and Marina on Marginal Street, has had a 10 p.m. license since opening last summer. Owner of the only place in Boston...

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DOT Officials Brief Residents on Plans when Tunnel Closes

July 10, 2013
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It’s going to be a lot harder getting back on the island come January. At a recent community meeting at East Boston High School MassDOT officials announced that the Callahan Tunnel will be closed for three months beginning in January 2014. The tunnel’s closure will coincide with the two-year closure of the Government Center...

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Police Still Searching for Driver

July 10, 2013
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East Boston detectives are still searching for the mystery man that crashed a SUV into the front of Burger King, injuring three people, and fled the scene. On July 3 at 8 a.m. officers from District 7 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at Burger King on Bennington Street in Orient Heights....

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A Joint Victory

July 10, 2013
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The decision by Global Petroleum officials to withdraw their application to bring Ethanol trains to its Revere/East Boston terminal on tracks running through the communities of Chelsea and Everett certainly comes as good news especially to residents who live near the train tracks or the terminal itself. Last week’s explosion in Canada of crude...

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Knights Drop the Boom on Opponents

July 10, 2013
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The East Boston Knights continue to stay hot winning 4 out of 5 games in the YBL this week and giving themselves some separation as they now lead the Yaz division by 3 games over rival South Boston. The YBL Knights have now won 3 in a row and 5 out of their last...

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Obituaries 07-10-2013

July 10, 2013
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Angel Gonzalez Accident Victim Angel L Gonzalez of Chelsea died tragically, by accident, on July 3. He was 44 years old. Born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico, Angel passed away tragically late Wednesday evening after being hit while changing a tire in the breakdown lane of Rt. 93 in Windham, New Hampshire. He was the...

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Savikas to Step Down at Crossroads Shelter

July 3, 2013
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Savikas to Step Down at Crossroads Shelter

Audrey Savikas, who has successfully led Crossroads Family Shelter as its Executive Director for four years, announced her departure from the program this week. “It is with mixed emotion that I write to share the news of my upcoming departure from Crossroads Family Center,” said Savikas. “My time at Crossroads has been extremely rewarding....

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Maverick St. Housing Gets Permanent Funding

July 3, 2013
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Maverick St. Housing Gets Permanent Funding

Back in November 2012, community leaders and elected officials joined the East Boston Community Development Corporation (CDC) to cut the ribbon on 170 Maverick St.–a 27 unit affordable housing project. This month, MassHousing announced it has closed on $2.2 million in loans for the 27-unit Greenway Apartments. MassHousing provided $2.2 million in permanent financing...

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BRA Keeps Border St. Units at Market Rate

July 3, 2013
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BRA Keeps Border St. Units at Market Rate

There was growing concerns among East Boston residents that the East Boston Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Trinity Financial was looking to change its original plan of a majority market rate development on the Boston East waterfront parcel to a majority affordable housing development. However, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) quelled those rumors at...

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Global Withdraws Request for Ethanol Trains

July 3, 2013
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When everyone was ready to give up on fighting off Global Petroleum’s Ethanol train plan, State Sens. Anthony Petruccelli (D-Eastie) and Sen. Sal DiDomenico decided to get creative. Joining a dedicated crowd of residents from Eastie, Chelsea, Revere and Everett, they did the unthinkable – they rewrote the licensing laws to block the Global...

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Enjoy a Safe and Sane Fourth

July 3, 2013
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Have fun on the holiday, but do it safely for yourself and your loved ones  Back at the turn of the 20th century, editorial writers would implore their readers to make the Fourth of July “safe and sane.” Americans, especially the young men, would use the Fourth as an excuse to go on a...

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Knights Surge to Take First Place in League

July 3, 2013
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The East Boston Knights continue to fight a losing battle against Mother Nature but in between that battle they are winning the war on the field. The YBL team stands at 6 – 6 and in a first place tie with division rival South Boston Saints whom they face twice this upcoming week. The...

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Obituaries 07-03-2013

July 3, 2013
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Patricia Bolognese Retired Certified Surgical Technologist Patricia M. (Hall) Bolognese of Ipswich died peacefully on June 16 surrounded by her family.  She was 73 years old. The loving companion of the late Spero Pechilis, she was born on February 2, 1940 in East Boston, the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret (MacDougall) Hall. ...

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Marginal St. Project Groundbreaking Thursday

June 26, 2013
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Marginal St. Project Groundbreaking Thursday

Developers of a new condo project on Marginal Street will break ground on 9-units of market rate housing Thursday. Owner Michele Catalano will join architect Elizabeth Whittaker and contractor DelVecchio Construction to break ground on the 4-story, 9-unit condo development on a vacant lot on Marginal. The lot, located at 282-286 Marginal St. has...

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FOL to Kick off Fundraising Event

June 26, 2013
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FOL to Kick off Fundraising Event

The East Boston Friends of the Library (FOL) kicked off a fundraising effort with the goal of raising $50,000 to begin restoring the group of historic paintings titled “A History of Shipping” by Frederick Leonard King. The kick off was held Monday night at the Meridian Street branch. In April the FOL reached a...

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Building Collapses

June 26, 2013
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Building Collapses

Late in the afternoon last Thursday a large portion of an attached brick multifamily on Eutaw Street came tumbling to the ground. Construction workers had been spending the day hammering bricks on the home at 57 Eutaw St. trying to fix the structure’s outer wall. Witnesses reported hearing a big explosion as the wall...

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